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please find attached this monthly issue of "The European Constitution newsletter" your online-review of recent published working papers, documents and other material of interest concerning the constitutional process compiled by the PhD Programme: European Union of the University of Zaragoza. The summary also contains material which has been uploaded regarding former steps in this process and references to articles published in specialized journals, for reasons of publisher rights we are not able to provide access to the full text.
Please note that some of the links might have changed since the publication of this newsletter.

Mario Koelling
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New Links:

EuropaNova (HTML)

The European Citizens' Consultations, (HTML)

Presidency of the EU, Website of the Grand Europe Festival, (HTML)

EU 50th Celebrations in EU countries, (HTML)


New Analysis

Grant, C. (2007), Britain and the EU: A Crisis Looms, CER Bulletin, Issue 53, April/May 2007. (HTML)

Geist, R. (2007), Rules not borders, Financial Times, published in EurActiv. (Word)

European Policy Centre (2007), Blue skies over Berlin?, Commentary, 27.03.2007. (HTML)

Goldschmidt, P. (2007), A new kick-off for Europe: Rediscovering the community spirit, 16 proposals, N° 12/Eng, Working Programm European identities, Policies Section, Thomas More Institute, March 2007. (PDF)

Riecke, H.; Techau, J. (2007), Ist Europa konfliktscheu? Gedanken zur »Berliner Erklärung«, DGAPstandpunkt 2/2007, 26.03.2007. (German) (PDF)

Cornillet, M. (2007), European democracy necessitates powerful European political parties, European Liberal Democrat and Reform (ELDR). (Word)

Nies, S. (2007), 50 ans plus tard : Vertus et Vices de la Déclaration de Berlin, Actualités Européennes; Heft No 5, Institut de Relations Internationales et Strategiques (IRIS). (French) (PDF)

Torreblanca, José I. (2007), Celebrating Anniversaries, Manning the Trenches, Risking a Split, ARI 26/2007, Real Instituto Elcano. (HTML)

Presidency of the EU, "50 Years Treaties of Rome". (PDF)

House of Representatives (2007), Recognizing the 50th Anniversary of the Treaty of Rome, H. Res. 230, 13.03.2007. (PDF)

European Policy Center (2007), A five-point plan for the Berlin Declaration, 07.03.2007. (HTML)

Ash, T.G. (2007), Europe's true stories, Prospect Magazine, Issue 131, February 2007. (PDF)

New Documents

European Parliament (2007), MEPs debate Berlin Declaration with Merkel, press info, 29.03.2007. (HTML)

Presidency of the EU, Berlin Declaration, Declaration on the occasion of the fiftieth anniversary of the signature of the Treaties of Rome. 25.03.2007. (PDF)

President of the European Parliament Pöttering, H.G. (2007), Adress on the 50th anniversary of the signature of the Treaties of Rome, 25.03.2007. (HTML)

President of the European Commission Durão Barroso, J.M. (2007), A stronger Europe for a successful globalization, speech at the official ceremony to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Treaties of Rome., 25.03.2007. (HTML)

Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany and President of the European Council Merkel, A. (2007), Speech at the official ceremony to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Treaties of Rome. 25.03.2007. (HTML)

German Federal Minister for Foreign Affairs Steinmeier, F.W. (2007), Europe is turning 50, Article, 24.03.2007. (HTML)

Delors, J. (2007), France must vote again on the Constitional Treaty, Les Echos, 23.03.2007. (PDF)

Lamy, P. (2007), Europe: a Future to build together, article, Les Echos, 22.03.2007. (French) (HTML)

German Federal Minister for Foreign Affairs Steinmeier, F.W. (2007), Speech at the debate marking the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Treaties of Rome in the German Bundestag, Berlin, 22.03.2007. (HTML)

German Bundestag (2007), 50. Jahrestag der Römischen Verträge, parliamentary debate, 22.03.2007. (German) (HTML)

Delors, J. (2007), Let's go back to basics, Speech on the occasion of the fiftieth anniversary of the Treaty of Rome, at the Belgian Senate in Brussels, 16.03.2007(French) (PDF)

German Federal Minister for Foreign Affairs Steinmeier, F.W. (2007),"The constitutional treaty is much more alive than many may think" Speech on the Berlin Declaration to the European Parliament, Strasbourg, 14.03.2007. (HTML)

European Parliament (2007), Debate on Berlin Declaration, Strasbourg, 14.03.2007. (HTML)

Council of the European Union (2007), Presidency Conclusions, Brussels European Council, 8/9 March 2007. (PDF)

Padoa-Schioppa, T. (2007), The Europe of Melancholy, Article published in The Federalist. (PDF)

Foreign and Commonwealth Office (2007), Prospects for the European Union in 2007 : The German Presidency, January to June 2007, presented to Parliament by the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs by Command of Her Majesty, January 2007. (PDF)




29.03.2007Poland to fight for 'square root' law in EU treaty, EUobserver.com

Poland plans to propose a new voting system in the upcoming EU treaty talks that will be based on square roots of populations instead of simple populations. The so-called "Penrose square root law" would give Warsaw more say against Berlin, with one Polish official already talking about potential Polish vetoes.

29.03.2007 Merkel tasks MEPs with public EU treaty debate, EUobserver.com

German chancellor Angela Merkel has suggested to the European Parliament that the body itself could organise a public discussion on the EU constitution, in a response to criticism of the secretive character of her efforts to revive the treaty.

19.03.2007 Poland compromises on EU birthday declaration, EUobserver.com

German chancellor Angela Merkel's attempts to revive the EU constitution were given a boost after Poland dropped its opposition to the Berlin Declaration, a statement marking the EU's 50th birthday and intended to relaunch discussions on the EU treaty.

16.03.2007 Wallstrom backs Warsaw on constitution energy clause, EUobserver.com

EU communications commissioner Margot Wallstrom has backed Poland's bid to include solidarity on energy shocks in the new EU constitution, but warned Warsaw to leave the voting system alone or risk alienating potential European allies.

07.03.2007 Poettering warns Poland to leave EU vote system alone, EUobserver.com

European Parliament president Hans-Gert Poettering has warned Poland to leave the voting rights issue alone when EU member states consider how to move ahead on the EU constitution.

06.03.2007 UK agrees to euro reference in EU birthday declaration, EUobserver.com

The UK has agreed to a reference to the euro currency in the EU's 50th anniversary declaration, while France is keen to secure that the text will not call for uncontrolled future enlargement of the union.

05.03.2007 Birthday declaration puts Merkel to EU constitution test, EUobserver.com

The German chancellor is facing the first real test of her efforts to push a revised EU constitution as she seeks to convince EU leaders this week to include a reference to a new treaty in the EU's 50th anniversary declaration.

01.03.2007 Spain and Germany up pressure on EU constitution, EUobserver.com

Spain has reaffirmed its role of a vocal promotor of the EU constitution with renewed criticism of the UK, France and the Netherlands, while Germany is also upping the pressure saying it wants a new-style EU treaty before the end of the year.


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